June 29, 2004
When State Representative John Perzel engineered the takeover of the School District of Philadelphia, the School Board became the School Reform Commission (SRC). Everybody hoped that "reform" would bring "improvement" in our children's education. When Perzel took over the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), he promised up to $45 million a year to the School District. After all those years with increasing the number of the PPA's political patronage jobs, the PPA just gave the School District a measly $4 million.
November 11, 1991 |
Cannon fire had South Philadelphia booming over the weekend during celebrations at Fort Mifflin commemorating the 214th anniversary of the siege of 1777, when British artillery hammered the fort for 40 days. Scores of Revolutionary re-enactors gave guided tours, played 18th-century music, and displayed cooking and medical techniques. They also staged mock drills and skirmishes, although rain canceled yesterday afternoon's skirmish.
January 26, 2001 |
Here's a look at how bridal registries have changed through the years, according to Doris Nixon, director of educational services for the National Bridal Service. 1901 - First bridal registry reportedly is started by H.C. Winkle of China Hall Co. of Rochester, Minn., after he ran into difficulty keeping track of brides' purchases or wants. Popular gift items include kerosene lamps, commode sets, hand-painted china and berry sets, pitchers with matching glasses and china. 1930s - More merchants implement bridal registries to encourage sales during the Great Depression.
November 4, 1987 |
"Moyers: The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis" (10 p.m. on Channel 12) serves as a reminder of many things. It reminds us of the Iran- Contra scandal. It reminds us of Watergate. It reminds us of a whole sorry legacy of questionable actions carried out without constitutional sanction. It reminds us, better than anything else broadcast during this bicentennial year, why we have a constitution in the first place. Perhaps just as important, it reminds us that Bill Moyers doesn't do commercial television any more.
September 10, 2004 |
The radical white supremacist group that is scheduled to rally Sept. 25 at Valley Forge National Historical Park to protest the "corrupt dictatorship" of President Bush needs to learn its American history. Jeff Schoep, commander of the National Socialist Movement, insists that the Bush administration's failure to close "America's southern border to illegal non-white immigrants and potential terrorists" undermines the "separatist views of George Washington and the ordinary soldier" at the winter encampment of Dec. 19, 1777, to June 19, 1778.
November 12, 1993 |
They are convinced they are college football's answer to Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. Meet the Florida State Seminoles, ghostbusters. "Once we snap the ball, there is no history," FSU's standout linebacker, Derrick Brooks, said of tomorrow's long-awaited showdown (Channel 3, 1:30 p.m.) between the top-ranked 'Noles and No. 2 Notre Dame on the hallowed soil of Notre Dame Stadium. "You are out there to win. I don't think there's no mystique in the stadium, all that other superstition.
May 19, 2006 |
After Philadelphia Theatre Company's launching of Terrence McNally's Master Class, the world premiere of his new play, Some Men, has been much anticipated. Its 15 scenes range from 1925 to the present day, presenting glimpses of gay relationships as they have evolved toward same-sex marriage. I am, frankly, mystified: What is this play's purpose? Who is its intended audience? On the one hand, it seems to be a stroll down memory lane for homosexual men of a certain pre-Stonewall age. On the other hand, it seems to be a history lesson, a kind of after-school special for those heterosexuals who know about gay men only by the stereotypes that feed prejudice and homophobia and assume they are promiscuous, body-obsessed show queens who adore Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland.
March 8, 2013 |
Postwar Japan. Tokyo in ruins. U.S. soldiers arriving to take charge. "Let's show them some good old-fashioned American swagger," barks Douglas MacArthur, the five-star general in command of rebuilding the nation he has just destroyed, as he and his officers make their way from the air base to their new HQ. Tommy Lee Jones, in baggy Army browns, puffing on an extra-long corncob pipe, does his best to approximate the storied military man. ...
February 21, 2003 |
There's going to be a lot of people griping that Ron Maxwell's Civil War epic, "Gods and Generals," feels longer than the war itself, but it's not the film's three-hour, 49-minute running time (with intermission) that makes it such an insufferable experience. It's the way Maxwell has staged the thing. This is a movie that operates at two speeds: Somebody is either giving a fake-sounding, melodramatic speech or fighting in a fake-looking, melodramatic battle. Either way, you're watching a dressed-up simulation that only a Civil War re-enactor or a historian with a tin ear could love.
March 15, 1992 |
Ann Graeme Stedman was surprised to enter her summer kitchen and find a group of strangers, mostly women. She was more surprised to see that the women were not dressed "as women should be. " An audience of about 25 "met" Ann (1726-66), portrayed by Susan Ocksreider, Tuesday at the Hope Lodge in Fort Washington. "An Evening With Ann Graeme Stedman" was hosted by the American Association of University Women in recognition of National Women's History Month. "I hope the neighbors didn't see you come in my kitchen, because it's not proper for a lady to entertain in her kitchen," Ann told the audience as she appeared in the dark room, lit only by a fire in the stone fireplace, a few burning candles and a lantern.